The project owners who ranked in the national architectural project competition organized by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for the bus station received their awards. Speaking at the online award ceremony and colloquium, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that this project, which is very important for İzmir, will bring a brand new face to the city and increase the comfort and welfare of the citizens.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which adopts the method of selecting the architectural works to be brought to the city through competition, has finalized the national architectural project competition organized to transform the bus station in Bornova Işıkkent to the main transfer center. The winners of the two-stage national architectural project competition were awarded. First, second, third and five honorable mentions were awarded in the competition where 74 projects applied and 8 projects made it to the second stage. The award ceremony was held online due to the pandemic. The colloquium was also held digitally.
We acted with common mind
Making the opening speech of the award ceremony, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer stated that they evaluated the demands of the citizens for the renewal of the İzmir Bus Station and said, “As soon as we took office, we started our work upon these demands and we decided to build the bus station with an architectural project worthy of İzmir. "We followed a participatory and transparent method that attaches importance to the involvement of our stakeholders and people in the decision-making process, since our bus station project is an important project that affects the whole of Izmir."
A brand new face to Izmir
Reminding that the bus station project was evaluated in detail by the jury, Soyer said: “The project is organized in detail in terms of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic, designed according to conditions suitable for everyone's access, the relationship established with the public spaces and the environment, and the compliance with the climate and geographical conditions of İzmir. Many details were evaluated by our jury. As a result of all the works we have done, our jury determined 1 projects, 74 of which are awards and 3 of which are honorable mentions, among 5 projects that we received in the first stage of the competition in June. I would like to express my gratitude to all of our contestants who add value to this project, which is very important for Izmir and will increase the comfort and welfare of our countrymen, which is very important for Izmir and will increase the comfort and well-being of our countrymen. I wholeheartedly congratulate those who were deemed worthy of the award, and I sincerely thank our jury members and colleagues who have worked hard in all processes since the beginning of this important project competition.
Thanks to President Soyer
The coordinator of the award ceremony, Izmir Institute of Technology Architecture Department academic staff member Prof. Dr. İpek Akpınar stated that İzmir won a very good project after this competition. Akpınar said, “We would like to thank İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and his colleagues for the processes of obtaining projects for the city for the city through participatory methods. We witness that the projects obtained after the competition are not implemented in other provinces. You organized a competition that gave hope to the city, the urbanite. We see the Izmir difference in the implementation of the competition projects. We look forward to new competitions. "Both Izmirians and us colleagues are very profitable." Prof. Speaking after İpek Akpınar's evaluations, President Soyer said, “We cannot even think of anything like not implementing the projects obtained through the competition. We will continue on this path ”.
"We held 3 architectural project competitions this year"
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe stated that they will realize two important projects that they have achieved through the competition before. Gökçe said, “We achieved our Evka -3 Transfer Center and Halkapınar Transportation Integration projects again with the competition. Application projects were prepared for the winners and the year 2021 was included in our investment program. First, we get the idea, then we have the application projects done and implement the project within our possibilities. This year, in addition to the Main Transfer Center, we follow the same path in 3 competitions: oliVelo Ecological Common Living Area, Meles Stream and Yeşildere Valley. We thank our President Tunç Soyer for the bridge of trust he opened for us. These projects will be implemented one by one ”.
Master Architect Nurbin Paker, the team leader of the project that was chosen as the winner in the competition, stated that while preparing the project, they aimed to provide a variety of usage for the city dwellers as well as being a transportation structure. Master Architect Hüseyin Kahvecioğlu, on the other hand, said that Izmir is a city with its traditions and acting with common wisdom, and expressed his happiness for the selection of this project and taking part in this project.
Here are the architects of the awarded projects
The project prepared by the team consisting of Master Architect Nurbin Paker, Master Architect Hüseyin Kahvecioğlu, Master Landscape Architect Damla Turan, Architect Hatice Ersoy, Master Architect Elçin Kara Vatansever, and Civil Engineer Bahadır Özcihan was chosen the winner.
The second prize was awarded to Architect Ömer Selçuk Baz, Architect Ece Özdür, Architect Atakan Koca and Civil Engineer Ahmet Topbaş.
The team including Architect Rıfat Yılmaz, Architect Burcu Sevinç Yılmaz, Master Architect Şerif Süveydan, Master Architect Sezer Bahtiyar and Civil Engineer Özkan Çalışkan won the third prize.
Master Architect Nil Bıçak, Architect Kemal Bal, Architect Erol Kalmaz and Civil Engineer Doruk Kemal Kaplan 1st Honorable Mention, Architect Hakan Evkaya, Architect Kutlu İnanç Bal 2nd Mention, Architect Ezgi Başar, Architect-Landscape Architect Neslinaz Aksu, Architect Zehra Aksu, Architect Ata Gün Aksu, Architect Zeliha Burcu Demirci and Architect Eren Gözde Anıl 3rd Honorable Mention, Architect Melike Kavalalı, Architect Berrin Erikçi and Nimet Değertaş 4th Honorable Mention, Master Architect Fırat Doğan, Master Architect Burcu Kırcan Doğan and Civil Engineer Önder Volkan Yaltıraklı 5. There were names who received the honorable mention.
All projects participating in the competition are published on anatransfermerkeziyarisma.izmir.bel.tr.
Who were the jury members?
In the jury committee of the Main Transfer Center architectural project competition; Prof. Dr. Haluk Gerçek, Tülin Hadi, Dürrin Süer, Mehmet Murat Uluğ and Boğaçhan Dündaralp took part. In the Consultant Jury Committee, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality (İZBB) Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, İZBB Deputy Secretary General Eser Atak, İZBB Transportation Department Head Mert Yaygel, Koray Velibeyoğlu and Halil İbrahim Alpaslan were found.
Commissioned in 1998
Izmir Bus Station, owned by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, was built with a build-operate-transfer model and was put into operation in 1998. The operating protocol made with the bus station operation will expire in 2023. In the same year, the Ankara - Izmir High Speed Train project and metro lines are expected to be completed by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. In this process, it is aimed to complete the implementation projects and construction tender processes of the main transfer center.